Periodontal disease, injury, and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, we can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, dentists can now make dentures that appear more natural and feel more comfortable for the patient.
There are two types of dentures that can be made for you.
- Complete Dentures are an option when someone is missing all of their teeth in either the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are prosthesis that rest on a patient’s gums, which are supported by the underlying bone. They are removable, meaning that they can be taken in and out without professional help. Dentures should be removed while a person is sleeping, to give the supporting tissue time to recover and to avoid bacterial or fungal infections of the gum tissue.
- A partial denture replaces only a few teeth, and uses existing teeth as well as the gums to rest on. Partials can be made of all acrylic(a type of plastic) or a combination of metal and plastic. An all acrylic partial can be used to replace one or more teeth when one is waiting to have an implant placed, or if the plan is to eventually move to a full denture. A partial denture made with a metal framework with acrylic teeth usually lasts longer than an all acrylic one, and is a good option when the existing teeth are in good health. Partials are much more cost effective than implants or bridges, but less like natural teeth.
- To know which type is best for you, be sure to ask your doctor.
- Implants can be placed under dentures to support them and keep them from moving. There are different types of implant supported dentures; ask your dentist if you are a candidate.
It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.